Victorian Writers

by lechaplin | created - 15 Jul 2017 | updated - 20 Nov 2017 | Public

Victorian era literature (1837–1901)

Films and TV I have seen based on the novels of writers including: • Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) • Victor Hugo (1802–1885) • Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) • Elizabeth Gaskell (1810–1865) • William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863) • Charles Dickens (1812–1870) • Charlotte Bronte (1816–1855) • Emily Bronte (1818–1848) • George Eliot (1819–1888) • Herman Melville (1819–1891) • Anne Bronte (1820–1849) • Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881) • Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880) • Wilkie Collins (1824–1889) • Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) • Lewis Carroll (1832–1898) • Mark Twain (1835–1910) • Thomas Hardy (1840–1928) • Henry James (1843–1916) • Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) • Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) • Joseph Conrad (1857–1924) • H. G. Wells (1866–1946)

Also see: • The Bloomsbury Group &ct.

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1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (I) (1923)

Passed | 133 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen.

Director: Wallace Worsley | Stars: Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry, Kate Lester

Votes: 4,538 | Gross: $2.22M

V. Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831)

2. The Pickwick Papers (1952)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly ... See full summary »

Director: Noel Langley | Stars: James Hayter, James Donald, Nigel Patrick, Joyce Grenfell

Votes: 432

C. Dickens, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (1836–37)

3. Oliver! (1968)

G | 153 min | Drama, Family, Musical

74 Metascore

After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed

Votes: 32,725 | Gross: $16.80M

C. Dickens, Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress (1838)

4. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2001 TV Movie)

200 min | Comedy, Drama

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

Director: Stephen Whittaker | Stars: John Dallimore, James D'Arcy, Sophia Myles, Diana Kent

Votes: 954

C. Dickens, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1838–39)

5. Scrooge (1970)

G | 113 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, Kenneth More

Votes: 8,671 | Gross: $3.70M

C. Dickens, A Christmas Carol, In Prose: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas (1843)

6. The Three Musketeers (1973)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure

A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York

Votes: 14,751 | Gross: $22.02M

A. Dumas, The Three Musketeers (1844)

7. The Count of Monte Cristo (1998)

400 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Edmond Dantes is unjustly sent to prison for 18 years. He escapes to reclaim his fiancée Mercedes and revenge against his nemesis, Mondego.

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Jean Rochefort, Pierre Arditi

Votes: 5,783

A. Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo (1844–45)

8. Jane Eyre (2006)

TV-PG | 230 min | Drama, Romance

A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever.

Stars: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne, Aidan McArdle

Votes: 18,461

C. Bronte, Jane Eyre (1847)

9. Jane Eyre (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Su Elliot

Votes: 77,460 | Gross: $11.24M

C. Bronte, Jane Eyre (1847)

10. Wuthering Heights (1939)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveller the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy (Merle Oberon) and Heathcliff (Sir Laurence Olivier).

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson

Votes: 15,433 | Gross: $0.08M

E. Bronte, Wuthering Heights (1847)

11. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996)

159 min | Drama

In the mid 19th Century, an enigmatic young woman moves to Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone in the village and their prying questions, she remains totally aloof ... See full summary »

Stars: Toby Stephens, Tara Fitzgerald, Rupert Graves, Sarah Badel

Votes: 2,396

A. Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)

12. Vanity Fair (1998)

Not Rated | 50 min | Drama, Romance

An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic story of parvenue Becky Sharp's rise from obscure & humble origins to her subsequent ignominious fall from Society; set amongst the ... See full summary »

Stars: Natasha Little, Frances Grey, Philip Glenister, David Ross

Votes: 1,457

W. M. Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1848)

13. David Copperfield (1935)

Passed | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Frank Lawton, Edna May Oliver, Elizabeth Allan

Votes: 3,551

C. Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)

14. David Copperfield (1999– )

Unrated | 185 min | Drama

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Trevor Eve, Michael Elphick, James Thornton

Votes: 3,894

C. Dickens, The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (1850)

15. The Scarlet Letter (1934)

Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, History, Romance

In the seventeenth century, in Massachusetts, a young woman is forced to wear a scarlet "A" on her dress for bearing a child out of wedlock.

Director: Robert G. Vignola | Stars: Colleen Moore, Hardie Albright, Henry B. Walthall, Cora Sue Collins

Votes: 300

N. Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter: A Romance (1850)

16. Moby Dick (1956)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Drama

The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 16,111 | Gross: $10.40M

H. Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851)

17. Moby Dick (1978)

90 min | Drama

Captain Ahab's descent into madness destroys everyone around him. This powerful character drew John Barrymore, Orson Wells and John Huston. This film has been called the best, most authentic version of Herman Melville's MOBY DICK.

Director: Paul Stanley | Star: Jack Aranson

Votes: 71

H. Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851)

18. The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

Fighting over an inheritance, one Pyncheon brother frames the other for murder.

Director: Joe May | Stars: George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay, Vincent Price, Dick Foran

Votes: 903

N. Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables (1851)

19. Bleak House (2005)

TV-PG | 510 min | Drama

A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 8,206

C. Dickens, Bleak House (1852–53)

20. Bartleby (2001)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

48 Metascore

A clueless boss has no idea what to do with his mundane office worker whose refusal of duties only gets worse each passing minute.

Director: Jonathan Parker | Stars: David Paymer, Crispin Glover, Glenne Headly, Maury Chaykin

Votes: 1,791 | Gross: $0.15M

H.Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street (1853)

21. Cranford (2007–2010)

TV-PG | 469 min | Drama

In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip, and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town.

Stars: Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton, Lisa Dillon

Votes: 8,118

E. Gaskell, Cranford (1853) My Lady Ludlow (1858) Mr. Harrison's Confessions (1851)

22. North & South (2004)

TV-PG | 235 min | Drama, Romance

North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.

Stars: Daniela Denby-Ashe, Richard Armitage, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 28,235

E. Gaskell, North and South (1855)

23. Madame Bovary (2014)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

Bored in her marriage to a country doctor and stifled by life in a small town, the restless Emma Bovary pursues her dreams of passion and excitement, whatever they may cost.

Director: Sophie Barthes | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Logan Marshall-Green

Votes: 7,211

G. Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1856)

24. The Woman in White (1948)

Approved | 109 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A young painter stumbles upon an assortment of odd characters at an English estate where he has been hired to give art lessons to beautiful Laura Fairlie. Among them are Anne Catherick, a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Alexis Smith, Eleanor Parker, Sydney Greenstreet, Gig Young

Votes: 1,241

W. Collins, The Woman in White (1859)

25. The Woman in White (1997 TV Movie)

Unrated | 125 min | Mystery, Thriller

Based upon Wilkie Collins' Victorian mystery, the gothic tale tells of a pair of half sisters whose lives end up caught in a grand conspiracy revolving around a mentally ill woman dressed ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Fywell | Stars: Tara Fitzgerald, Justine Waddell, Andrew Lincoln, Susan Vidler

Votes: 991

W. Collins, The Woman in White (1859)

26. The Mill on the Floss (1978– )

240 min | Drama, History, Romance

The tragic tale of Maggie Tulliver, the miller's daughter, who defies her embittered brother in standing by the man she loves - shocking the stifling society in which she lives - in an attempt to pursue her blighted dreams.

Stars: Judy Cornwell, Barbara Hicks, Pippa Guard, Christopher Blake

Votes: 128

G. Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860)

27. Great Expectations (1946)

Approved | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: David Lean | Stars: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager, Jean Simmons

Votes: 20,940

C. Dickens, Great Expectations (1860–61)

28. Great Expectations (2011–2012)

60 min | Drama

The orphan Pip becomes a gentleman when his life is transformed by a mystery benefactor.

Stars: Douglas Booth, Jack Roth, Ray Winstone, David Suchet

Votes: 6,806

C. Dickens, Great Expectations (1860–61)

29. Jean Valjean monogatari (1979 TV Movie)

75 min | Animation

Jean Valjean,a former convict sentenced to galleys for stealing a single loaf of bread, recover his freedom after nineteen years of penal colony. Further to his meeting with bishop Magloire... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Hisaoka

Votes: 5

V. Hugo, Les Misérables (1862)

Watch the animated film here (French): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYF7bRKHyV8

30. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 295,110 | Gross: $148.81M

V. Hugo, Les Misérables (1862)

31. Our Mutual Friend (1998– )

350 min | Drama

Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.

Stars: Paul McGann, Keeley Hawes, Dominic Mafham, David Bradley

Votes: 2,162

C. Dickens, Our Mutual Friend (1864–65)

32. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Little Alice falls into a strange land and meets the White Rabbit, March Hare, and other odd characters out of Lewis Carroll in this unique adaptation. With Peter Sellers, Dudley Moore.

Director: William Sterling | Stars: Fiona Fullerton, Michael Jayston, Hywel Bennett, Michael Crawford

Votes: 1,446

L. Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

33. Alice in Wonderland (1999 TV Movie)

PG | 150 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Alice (Tina Majorino) falls down a rabbit hole, and finds herself in Wonderland, a fantasy land of strange characters and ideas.

Director: Nick Willing | Stars: Tina Majorino, Whoopi Goldberg, Robbie Coltrane, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 7,369

L. Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

34. Idiot (2003– )

550 min | Drama

The thrilling drama based on the world's greatest masterpiece by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Half-sane Prince Myshkin returns from Swiss psycho-clinic to face the glamorous world of St Petersburg. ... See full summary »

Stars: Igor Ivanov, Marietta Melrose, Evgeniy Mironov, Vladimir Mashkov

Votes: 1,687

F. Dostoyevsky, The Idiot (1868–89)

35. War & Peace (2016)

TV-14 | 379 min | Drama, History, Romance

As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.

Stars: Paul Dano, James Norton, Lily James, Adrian Edmondson

Votes: 18,761

L. Tolstoy, War and Peace (1869)

36. The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012– )

120 min | Drama, Mystery

An exploration of Charles Dicken's unfinished work in which the mystery of the murder of Edwin Drood is examined.

Stars: Matthew Rhys, Freddie Fox, Tamzin Merchant, Rory Kinnear

Votes: 891

C. Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870)

37. Middlemarch (1994)

375 min | Drama, History, Romance

This Masterpiece Theatre production, set at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, chronicles the life, loves, foibles, and politics of the fictional English town of Middlemarch. Adapted ... See full summary »

Stars: Juliet Aubrey, Douglas Hodge, Robert Hardy, Peter Jeffrey

Votes: 2,106

G. Eliot, Middlemarch (1871–72)

38. Under the Greenwood Tree (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 93 min | Drama, Romance

In this lighthearted romance from Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy, the beautiful new village school teacher is pursued by three suitors: a working-class man, a landowner, and the vicar.

Director: Nicholas Laughland | Stars: Keeley Hawes, James Murray, Terry Mortimer, Richard Leaf

Votes: 2,402

T. Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree (1872)

39. Anna Karenina (1935)

Passed | 95 min | Drama, Romance

The married Anna Karenina falls in love with Count Vronsky despite her husband's refusal to grant a divorce, and both must contend with the social repercussions.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 4,736 | Gross: $0.87M

L. Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1873–77)

40. Far from the Madding Crowd (1998 TV Movie)

54 min | Drama, Romance

A vain, pretty girl has recently taken over her uncle's farm. Her independent, naïve personality leaves her torn between the three men who wish to marry her.

Director: Nicholas Renton | Stars: Paloma Baeza, Jonathan Firth, Nigel Terry, Gwynn Beech

Votes: 814

T. Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)

41. Daniel Deronda (2002)

210 min | Drama, History, Romance

Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness.

Stars: Jodhi May, Edward Fox, Amanda Root, David Bamber

Votes: 4,141

G. Eliot, Daniel Deronda (1876)

42. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)

Passed | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn have great adventures on the Mississippi River, pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral and witnessing a murder.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Tommy Kelly, Jackie Moran, Ann Gillis, May Robson

Votes: 1,637

M. Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)

43. The Body Snatcher (1945)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Thriller

A ruthless doctor and his young prize student find themselves continually harassed by their murderous supplier of illegal cadavers.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell, Edith Atwater

Votes: 7,764

R. L. Stevenson, The Body Snatcher (1881)

44. Treasure Island (1950)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family

89 Metascore

The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney, Walter Fitzgerald

Votes: 6,407

R. L. Stevenson, Treasure Island (1882)

45. Treasure Island (1972)

G | 94 min | Adventure, Family

Young Jim Hawkins has an unforgettable encounter with pirate Captain Long John Silver and his murderous mates.

Directors: John Hough, Andrea Bianchi, Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Orson Welles, Kim Burfield, Lionel Stander, Walter Slezak

Votes: 1,074

R. L. Stevenson, Treasure Island (1882)

46. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)

Passed | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, Family